Angsana Velavaru Maldives (Shot on Sony FS5 and A7s II)

This video by Veerdonk Visuals was shot with the following equipment:

I’ve used a FS5, a A7Sll, Phantom 3 Professional and a GoPro Hero 4 with a 6 inch dome port. Most footage was shot in 4K with PP6 (no Slog2 or 3), both on FS5 as A7Sll. The slowmotion was shot in 200 fps (PAL) and in HD of course. Editing the piece was easy on my 2015 4K iMac, so haven’t had any trouble with that. The only nagging thing I experienced with the Long Gop codec is that it doesn’t play completely smoothly unrendered in FCPX. You need to render it first in order to play it back smoothly. I don’t have that with the A7Sll footage which plays back smoothly unrendered. Lenses that I’ve used were Canon 24-105 f4, 17-55 f2.8, 100mm Macro f2.8, Tokina 11-16 f2.8 and Samyang 35 f1.4. I only used the A7Sll for lowlight shots. Other than that, it’s all FS5 apart from the aerials (P3P) and underwater footage (GoPro Hero 4).

FAQ: What Hardware to Get for 4K

Kodi, formerly known as XBMC is excellent free and open source software for all your media centre needs (and especially video).

They have a community forum where they have complied a FAQ on hardware for 4K.  It’s a short FAQ because the hardware availability for 4K just isn’t there yet.  We expect 2016 to be a much better year for video cards in regards to supporting 4K standards.

A valuable quote from the FAQ:

In the past 10-bit colour encoding was meant for professional use but in HEVC it’s part of the Main10 profile so it will be part of consumer applications. It’s expected to be used in UHDTV broadcasts (Rec. 2020), Blu Ray and Netflix. So, in order to future-proof yourself it’s good to have a box that supports the main10 profile.

The FAQ and replies are worth a read for anyone thinking of building a future-proof home theatre PC.